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Dell Premier Collaboration Keyboard and Mouse review: Built for Zoom

Dell Premier Collaboration Keyboard and Mouse review: Built for Zoom

Dell Premier Collaboration KB and Mouse

Now that you have a headset and a webcam for Zoom video calls. What's next? Well, you can level up your Zoom experience with the Dell Premier Collaboration Keyboard and Mouse (KM900). It consists of a Dell wireless keyboard (KB900) and a Dell wireless mouse (MS900). The former is Zoom-certified, and comes with convenient touch controls for Zoom (Windows only) that, despite potentially being gimmicky, actually work rather well. The mouse, on the other hand, doesn't have any special Zoom features, but it's comfortable to use, albeit built for right-handers.

Quick specs

  • Keyboard: 15 programmable keys; Mouse: Adjustable DPI from 800 to 8,000 (200 DPI increments)
  • Dell Peripheral Manager software (Windows only)
  • Connects via Bluetooth 5.1 (up to two devices) and 2.4GHz USB-A dongle
  • Three-year warranty

Both the keyboard and mouse support Bluetooth and 2.4GHz. The latter requires the included USB-A dongle. Note that the USB-A dongle cannot be stowed inside the mouse or keyboard. Both peripherals can connect to three devices via Bluetooth and 2.4GHz at the same time. A toggle (top right corner of the keyboard and below the mouse scroll wheel) lets you easily switch between paired devices. You'll have to install the Dell Peripheral Manager app (Windows only) to change the settings for the keyboard and the mouse. For example, you can re-assign almost all the Function keys (except for the backlight key) to an action, such as opening a new browser tab, using the app. But I was momentarily stumped by the lack of a mouse sensitivity (800 to 8,000 DPI) option. Turns out this setting only shows up if you're connected via Bluetooth, and not when using the 2.4GHz connection.

Dell Premier Collaboration KB and Mouse
These touch-sensitive buttons appear when you're using Zoom. Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

The keyboard is the more interesting of the two accessories. Firstly, the Zoom-specific controls only appear when you're using the desktop Zoom app. You double-tap the icons to perform Zoom functions such as muting/unmuting the microphone, or sharing your screen. These controls are responsive to my taps, and there wasn't any noticeable lag. There's also a keyboard backlight, which turns on automatically when its proximity sensor detects your hand. While it works as intended, there's a bit of a lag before the backlight comes on. However, I appreciate that this backlight will help to conserve the battery life. Dell says the keyboard will last 20 days on a single charge, and just two minutes of charging will last you a day.

Dell Premier Collaboration KB and Mouse
The horizontal scroll is handy in spreadsheets. Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

Key travel is decent, and the keyboard feels relatively tactile, though not at the level of a mechanical keyboard. It is fairly quiet. The mouse reminds me of the HP Creator Wireless Mouse. Both mice even weigh similarly (around 130g). But I found the Dell to be more comfortable — the curve seems to fit my hand better. Its horizontal scroll wheel is also very handy when you're working on spreadsheets. However, the HP mouse has more programmable buttons, and you can store its USB dongle in its body.

I prefer the keyboard over the mouse, especially for its Zoom controls and the automatic backlight. The wireless mouse seems pretty standard for a productivity-focused office mouse, and isn't quite as competitive in terms of features and pricing. But you can't go wrong with either of them, as long as you're using them with Windows PCs. You can get the Dell Premier Collaboration Keyboard and Mouse for $362.01 from Dell — they are also available separately. But getting it as a bundle means you'll have just one 2.4GHz dongle (if you're not using Bluetooth, that is) for both peripherals.

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Note: Review unit provided by Dell.


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Verdict



CAN BUY

Good for the office, especially the keyboard for heavy Zoom users

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